Reactivity

Enjoy a Good As Gold transition from Reactive Rover to Calm Canine

Living with a reactive dog is stressful.

It’s embarrassing. It’s inconvenient. And sometimes it’s even frightening.

We specialize in treating reactivity, or dogs who bark, lunge, and growl at triggers like other dogs, people, small animals, or wheeled objects.

We can help put an end to:

  • Hiding behind parked cars to let dogs or people pass
  • Constantly changing direction to avoid triggers
  • Walking at inconvenient hours to avoid incident

  • Skipping your dog walks altogether due to the stress
  • Embarrassment when friends and neighbors visit

Choose from our supportive, effective classes and private training programs to turn your reactive rover into a Calm Canine.

Either way, our goal is the same: Get you and your dog enjoying calm walks, visits, and just life in general.

Calm Canines training classes

Calm Canines Class

This fun, supportive class is designed to get you and your dog enjoying some much needed calm, whether that’s on your walks, at home, in your yard, or wherever your dog’s reactivity flares. We take a two-path approach: First, we use positive reinforcement operant conditioning techniques to teach your dog to focus on you instead of the things he reacts to. Second, we use positive classical conditioning techniques to systematically teach your dog to feel ho-hum about his reactivity triggers. (Oh, that dog or squirrel or skateboarder? Yawn!) The end result? By week 7 of class, we’ll be taking a fun group walk in Fish Creek Provincial Park with your Calm Canine focused by your side!

Class details

  • 7 weeks of classes on Wednesdays (the first 3 classes are held over Zoom and the next 4 in-person classes are held at Sundance Animal Hospital) 
  • Access to online learning platform with handouts and videos to facilitate learning
  • Upcoming sessions: January 12, 2022 at 6:15pm and 7:30pm
  • $400 (inc. GST)

*Please note: there will be no make up classes if you miss a class

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Calm Canines On The Town

Once you experience the field trip at the end of Calm Canines class, you’ll want more. Our Calm Canines On The Town class provides weekly opportunities for you and your dog to practice your new skills in a safe, supportive group environment, guided by one of our skilled instructors. Your dog’s ability to relax and focus on you around other dogs, people, small animals, and wheeled objects will continue to grow, as will your comfort and confidence. Plus we have an awful lot of fun as we rotate our walks through various Calgary parks.

Class details

  • 6 weeks of Mondays rotating  between Fish Creek, Confederation, and Edworthy Parks
  • Next session starts: TBA
  • $280 (inc. GST)

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*Please note: You must be a Calm Canines class graduate, or have completed a Calm Canines private training program (see below), to enroll in this course.

*Please note: there will be no make up classes if you miss a class

Drop In Class Dates

Drop in for a group walk in a Calgary Park and practice your dog’s skills in a controlled and safe environment. 

  • Fishcreek Park – Hulls Wood: Saturday, November 27 at 3:00pm

*Drop in class fee is $45 per class 

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*Please note: You must be a Calm Canines class graduate, or have completed a Calm Canines private training program (see below), to enroll in this course.

*Please note: there will be no make up classes if you miss a class

 

Calm Canines Agility Class

One of the most tragic things about reactivity dog is how many activities reactive dogs and their people miss out on. Our Calm Canines Agility class gives you and your dog the chance to have fun together learning the country’s most popular dog sport in a supportive environment. You’ll join fellow Calm Canines grads who understand what it’s like to live with a reactive dog, and be guided by our experienced instructor. The best part? While you and your dog have a blast, you continue to build your dog’s ability to calmly focus on you in busy environments.

Class details

  • 6 weeks of Tuesdays at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm at Wet Creek Stables west of Balzac
  • Next session starts on January 18, 2022
  • $250 (inc. GST)

*Please note: You must be a Calm Canines class graduate, or have completed a Calm Canines private training program (see below), to enroll in this course.

*Please note: there will be no make up classes if you miss a class.

Enroll Now!

Calm Canines private training

No time for class? Or maybe your dog’s behaviour has reached a point where personalized support feels more comfortable? It may be time to work one-on-one with our experienced trainers.

We would love to work with you and your dog; unfortunately, we are not accepting new clients for private training at this time. Due to extremely high demand, we’ve had to close our waitlist. Please keep an eye on our website and social media pages for when we re-open our waitlist for private training. Please note, we still have several behaviour classes running and are always adding new dates. You can learn more about our group classes, including puppy and reactive dog training, by clicking the link here! We thank you for your patience and understanding and look forward to working with you in the future!

Private Calm Canines coaching

After an initial consult, you and your dedicated trainer will meet once per week for a minimum of 4 weeks to work with your dog and assign your weekly training homework. You’ll learn how to train your dog to focus on you with her triggers in site, whether at home or on walks. You’ll also learn a systematic training protocol to help your dog learn to feel less passionate about the things that trigger her. After all, if she’s no longer upset or hyper interested, there’s no longer any reason for all the barking and lunging frenzy.

  • Initial Assessment & Planning Consult: $200 + GST
  • 4 session training program: $720 + GST
  • 8 session training program: $1400 + GST

Contact us or call 403.651.5954 to schedule your Initial Consult.

*Sessions are valid for 6 months after first consult

Private Calm Canines Gold program* (recommended)

If you’re looking for faster results with less work, we recommend letting one of our trainers train your dog for you. After an initial consult, our trainer will work with your dog several times each week in real-life settings like your home, neighborhood, and local parks—wherever your dog’s reactivity erupts. You’re welcome to watch the process, or feel free to go about your regular daily obligations. At the end of each week your trainer will transfer your dog’s progress to you during empowering real-life training sessions.

  • Initial Assessment & Planning Consult: $200 + GST
  • 3 session training program: TBA

*Please note that our Gold program is available only in these Calgary neighborhoods: Auburn Bay, Chaparral, Cooperfield, Cranston, Douglasdale/Glen, Legacy, Mahogany, McKenzie Lake, McKenzie Towne, Midnapore, New Brighton, Seton, Sundance, and Walden.Is your puppy on the way? Call now to reserve her spot, as we take only a small number of puppies at a time.

Contact us or call 403.651.5954 to schedule your Initial Consult.

*Sessions are valid for 6 months after first consult

Meet your trainer

Barbara Walmer, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, KPA CTP, ACDBC

Barbara has made treating leash reactivity a priority since her early days as Department Head of Behaviour for Calgary Humane Society. Watching its devastation on dog owners and families, and witnessing the shelter full of leash reactive dogs who would otherwise make perfect family dogs, she became—and remains—passionate about helping dedicated owners and their dogs resolve this all-too-common urban behaviour issue.

Learn more about Barbara and her training credentials.

Questions about our Calm Canine classes or private training programs?

Phone: 403.651.5954 | Email: help@goodasgoldtraining.ca

Off and on leash reactive classes and on and off leash reactive private dog training for dedicated Calgary dog lovers.